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Defense & Security 2023: DTI, ST Engineering partner on light vehicle

Thailand's DTI and ST Engineering unveiled a 4×4 light utility vehicle fitted with the Singapore company's GDAMS and Adder Light RWS at the Defense & Security 2023 show in Bangkok. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)

Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) and ST Engineering have teamed up to integrate a 4×4 light utility vehicle with the Singapore company's 120 mm Ground Deployed Advanced Mortar System (GDAMS) and Adder Light remote weapon station (RWS).

An official from ST Engineering told Janes on 8 November at the Defense & Security 2023 exhibition in Bangkok that the vehicle is newly developed, with testing scheduled to take place early in 2024. The RWS displayed on the vehicle at the exhibition is armed with 7.62 mm machine gun.

The official said the vehicle chassis and engine used in the configuration is agnostic. He added that while the armament on the vehicle was built in Singapore, localisation is possible depending on the scale of any requirement. DTI and ST Engineering plan to propose the design to the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

ST Engineering unveiled the GDAMS at DSEI 2023 in London in September. Janes reported at the time that the system is in development and is due for qualification in the first quarter of 2024. Depending on orders, GDAMS production is scheduled by the end of 2024.

GDAMS, which weighs 700 kg, is intended for use with ST Engineering's range of precision mortar rounds. According to the company, it can be deployed within 25 seconds.


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